Dean Court (currently known as the Vitality Stadium for sponsorship reasons) has been the home of AFC Bournemouth since it opened in 1910. With a capacity of 11,307, Dean Court was the smallest ground in the Premier League when the club first gained promotion in 2015.
When first opened in December 1910, the ground consisted of a single 300-seat stand. The club, then known as Boscombe F.C. competing in the regional leagues, were given a piece of land by the Cooper-Dean family, after whom the ground was named. Following election to Division Three South in 1923, the club changed their name to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and developed the ground. The first Football League match was played on the 1st September 1923 with a crowd of 7,000 watching a 0–0 draw with Swindon Town.
The record attendance was set on the 2nd March 1957 as 28,799 spectators watched an FA Cup match against Manchester United. The club have sought to redevelop the ground in recent years to increase capacity but following difficulties with the ground’s owners, the club have sought to build a new stadium in the future.
Tickets at Dean Court
AFC Bournemouth Tickets
AFC Bournemouth tickets are available to purchase online, at the ticket office at the stadium (opened Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm, Non-matchday Saturdays: 9.30am-4pm and Sundays: 10am-3pm) or over the phone on 01202 726300.
Ticket prices for the 2022/2023 season ranged from:
Adults (24-64): £32-£55
Junior Cherries: £6-£18
Junior Cherries Under-8: Free
Dean Court Stadium Tours
As of May 2023, the club have stated: “AFC Bournemouth are unable to offer stadium tours except through our Community Sports Trust, who cater for local Clubs, schools and other community groups.”
Location & Travel to Dean Court
Dean Court is located in Kings Park in the Boscombe suburb of Bournemouth, a town located on the south coast of England.
Bournemouth Airport is located approximately 4 kilometres north of Boscombe and Bournemouth. The airport offers flights to a limited number of European destinations and is accessible by the 737 bus line which runs to the town.
Alternatively, Southampton Airport is 30 miles east of Bournemouth and serves more than 50 UK and European destinations, including Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. There are frequent trains running from the airport to Bournemouth.
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The P2 and P3 Yellow Bus service runs from Bournemouth Railway Station, Stop 6 to Queens Park Hotel stop, which is a five-minute walk along Ashley Road and then going through Kings Park.
Driving & Parking
- From North: A346, A338; passing Salisbury, approaches town centre on Wessex Way
- From North-east: M3, M27, A31, A338; via London, passing New Forest National Park
- From South: no route, town is located on the south coast
- From West: A35; passing Poole, approaches town centre on Bournemouth Road
Car parking is available at the South Stand Car Park for away fans, costing £1 and the entrance is located on Kings Park Drive, opposite the bowling green. Alternatively, both home and away fans are able to park at Avonborne College for Boys for Saturday home games which is free and open from 12:30pm.
Pokesdown is the nearest station to the stadium, approximately a 15 minute walk away with services running between Bournemouth and London Waterloo. Alternatively, Bournemouth Station is a 25 minute walk away or a 10 minute bus journey (see above), also on the Bournemouth to London Waterloo line but also operating CrossCountry services to Manchester Piccadilly via Birmingham New Street.
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Last Updated on May 26, 2023 by Sports Tourist